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Kamloops transit driver saluted for saving a senior a snowy trip

Darren Kiesman was driving his bus along Tranquille Road in Brocklehurst when he saw the senior struggling with her walker in the snow and sprang into action
BC Transit driver Darren Kiesman
BC Transit driver Darren Kiesman.


A BC Transit driver in Kamloops is earning praise for his part in helping a senior get home amid snowy and icy conditions.

Darren Kiesman was driving down Tranquille Road in Brocklehurst when he saw the senior struggling with her walker in the snow and sprang into action.

“The whole sidewalk looked pretty bad and I knew I had the vehicle to help her, so I just pulled up next to her and dropped the bus down so she could get on,” Kiesman said.

The senior, who had been a passenger on that bus before, was trying to get to a nearby retirement home, where she lives.

“When I told her I wanted to give her a ride, she was really shocked and quite grateful,” Kiesman said. “We chatted a bit on the short trip and, when she got off, she told me I was her angel for the day, which was nice.”


The good deed didn’t go unnoticed. Kamloops resident Derek Molter happened to be in the area and was pleasantly surprised by what he saw, later sharing the good deed on social media.


“This was not a normal bus stop, and he didn’t have to help her. I thought it was just too cool,” Molter said. “With everything that’s going on these days, what this driver did for a random resident needed to be told.”


Molter contacted First Transit, which runs the BC Transit system in Kamloops, to tell the company about Kiesman’s good deed.

“When Derek told me about this situation, it actually got me a little teary-eyed,” First Transit assistant general manager Stacey Ceron said. “I couldn’t be more proud of what Darren did for that person, who could have been really impacted by a bad fall in those conditions.”